Liverpoool captain, Jordan Henderson, has been named as England’s BT Player of the Year.
He beat off competition fro. Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, who finished second and third respectively in the public poll.
In the women’s vote, Lyon defender, Lucy Bronze, picked up her second award, having previously won the prize in 2017, after the Lioness reached the World Cup semi-finals.
The gong caps an excellent 12 months for Henderson, who lifted the Champions League for the first time, and is currently top of the Premier League with the Reds.
In 2019, the Sunderland-born star played seven times for the Three Lions, including the Nations League semi-final defeat to Holland, taking his caps past the 50 mark.
“Very honoured and humbled to be named BT England Player of the Year. Even more so considering just how strong the England set-up is.
“Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to fellow winner Lucy Bronze,” Henderson said.
Also speaking, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, praised his captain.
“Yes, he’s exceptional, yes, he’s outstanding,” Klopp stated.
“I would have to say what Gini [Wijnaldum] and Hendo have done, with the number of games they’ve played, is absolutely incredible, I don’t take that for granted for one second.
“If anyone who is with us doesn’t see the quality of Jordan Henderson I can’t help him.
“Is Hendo the perfect football player? No. Do I know anybody who is? No. Is he unbelievably important to us? Yes.
“He didn’t like that No.6 position when he saw how good Fabinho is. I asked him, two or three weeks ago when he played exceptional in that position, ‘you don’t like this position, right?’ and he was laughing.
“Before that he played centre-half.
“I don’t know what Gareth Southgate is now doing with him, which position he will play [for England] but there are a few options.
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“You see in life character and mentality helps always. In this case especially.”